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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Arts

In 2017, New York City implemented its first “cultural plan” that, among other actions, links funding of art and cultural organizations to the diversity of employees and board members and aims to engage neglected neighborhoods and populations through art and culture. Similarly across the country, the arts sector is exploring ways more accurately to reflect and engage with the communities it serves. This course will introduce the concepts of culture, diversity, and equity, and it will assess how the arts include or exclude people from different backgrounds. It will address how to cultivate a culture of diversity and inclusion at an arts organization, how to incorporate equity and inclusion in an artistic mission, how to recruit and retain employees from underrepresented populations, and how to engage boards and executive leadership effectively around these issues. This course may be used to fulfill the requirements of the Certificate in Arts Management Questions? Contact us at The Center for Publishing and Applied Liberal Arts (PALA). Email sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu or call 212-998-7289.

This is an online course. Some sessions will be delivered in a live-instruction (synchronous) format where teaching and learning occur in real time using chat and video conferencing to create an interactive virtual classroom. Other sessions may be delivered in a self-paced (asynchronous) learning within NYU’s online learning platform, with weekly deadlines for lesson and assignment completion. A final schedule will be sent to students at the beginning of class.
Registering at least three weeks prior to the course start date is highly recommended!

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the concepts of equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • The ability to design and implement a plan for greater equity, diversity, and inclusion at an arts institution
  • Familiarity with important initiatives and case studies in the arts that address equity, diversity, and inclusion

Ideal for

  • Current and aspiring arts administrators
  • Artists
  • Community organizers
  • Public sector employees
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.